Throughout the New Testament, Jesus said the He came to abolish the old and establish the new law. But what does that really mean for us in our daily lives?
Do the Ten Commandments no longer hold any meaningful value? I would argue that they are still relevant.
If there are only two commandments now, shouldn’t that make it easier to follow them (and remember them)? Not necessarily.
Many people use the Bible as their way to justify their actions. And that’s great, as long as those actions are actually upheld within the Bible. Using the Bible as a tool of hate, bigotry, and judgement are misconstruing its purpose and corrupting its message.
There are very few passages where the Holy Spirit inspired the writer to write about man doing what he felt was righteous. Whenever a Biblical father needed to do what was righteous, he prayed to God and waited for a sign. But what are signs? How do I know what God wants me to do? The only answer I have (and it’s not really my answer at all) is “Be still and know that I am God” from Psalm 46, verse 10.
We saw Jesus eating with sinners. He befriended those who were the outcasts. Why? Did they need God more than the temple priests and Pharisees? We all need God. However, some are in a better place to receive Him. They are ready to hear His message and listen to His truth. Not everyone is ready to hear His words and follow His commands. I know I’m not, not always, not every minute of every day.
Jesus said that God will separate the righteous from the unrighteous. God will winnow out the wheat from the chaff. Judgement and vengeance belong to the Lord. Why, therefore, do you heap judgement and hate upon our fellow man? Are we supposed to treat those outside the Church the same as those inside? Are not those who haven’t heard the Word, who haven’t accepted Jesus into their hearts, different? Are they not in need of love and respect? Why, then, do we shower them with bigotry and slander?
If we are to be Christ to this world, if people are to look at Christians and see the face of God, perhaps we should strive to take the planks out of our own eyes, first. I shall endeavor, with quiet contemplation, to become a better follower of Christ and better show His love…